The city will provide technical assistance to companies applying for a grant from operators of closed sites

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Pamela L. Banks

Seattle’s Office of Economic Development (OED) will provide technical assistance to eligible businesses applying for the highly anticipated Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG). The long-awaited $ 16 billion fund will provide economic assistance to theater operators, promoters, theater producers, operators of live performing arts organizations, theater operators, artist agencies, to affected museum operators, zoos and aquariums that have been devastated by COVID-19. pandemic.

SVOG is a first come, first served grant, and all applications submitted will be processed in the order they are received. OED will be available to provide technical assistance from April 8 and encourages all eligible applicants to be ready to submit their applications when the grant opens.

“Seattle’s many small venues are part of what makes our city one of the best places in the world to enjoy art, music, film and theater – but this past year has devastated our artists, our creative industry and our entertainment venues. The COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic downturn has impacted so many Seattle businesses, and too many neighborhood favorites have had to shut their doors for good, ”Seattle Mayor Jenny said Durkan. “Although our city has responded quickly over the past year to help support our small businesses, many of our small owners and theater operators still face an uncertain future and a long road to recovery as our city opens and live shows become possible again. This federal program will finally be available this week to help support such an important sector of our city’s economy.

All applicants interested in applying to SVOG should register with the US Small Business Administration through their application portal (https://www.svograntportal.sba.gov) to receive an email when the electronic application process is available. To be eligible for SVOG, applicants must:

• have been in service since February 29, 2020;

• Provide a DUNS number and a Rewards Management Account (SAM) number and,

• Submit a plan on how they will spend the grant they receive.

The Office of Management and Budgets released a document that shows what the SVOG application could look like.

Applicants may be eligible for grants equal to 45% of their gross income earned in 2019, with the maximum amount available for a single grant being $ 10 million. In addition, the grants must be used for expenses such as salary costs, rent, utilities and / or personal protective equipment. Sites or promoters who received a Paycheck Protection Program loan after December 27 will have their SVOG price reduced by the P3 loan amount they previously received. All eligible applicants can apply for all SBA disaster relief products including SVOG, PPP, and economic disaster loans.

“COVID-19 has had an unprecedented impact on our businesses which depend on large groups of people coming together such as nightclubs, cinemas and concert halls. Some companies have pivoted their operations to respond to the public health crisis, but some companies – like those that would be eligible for SVOG – have not had that same opportunity given the nature of their work. Said Pamela Banks, Acting Director of OED. “Despite these challenges, I was amazed at the resilience of these businesses, how the community supported each other, and I’m so happy that these resources designed for these types of businesses are finally available. As Seattle begins to recover, we must continue to push for additional help to ensure fair economic opportunities for the people, businesses and sectors that have suffered the greatest economic losses. “

For more information on SVOG, visit the SBA website where video tutorials and FAQs are available, or OED’s COVID-19 Small Business Grants page. OED provides assistance for grant opportunities such as SVOG, PPP, and EIDL, continues to help business owners understand what other resources may be available to them, and provides language support to access city resources, state and federal government. Businesses can access this assistance by calling 206-684-8090 or by emailing [email protected]

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